Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South
"...An introductory plunge into more profound racial consciousness..." - Kirkus Reviews
"Not only a fascinating read; it's also a model of engaged scholarship." - Jewish Book Council
“In stunningly elegant prose, Eisenfeld uncovers the anonymous corners of Jewish and Confederate history. In this immersive gem of a book, she inspires hope for a nuanced and vital conversation about race by claiming her own role in ‘our troubled American story.’” —Michelle Brafman, author of Washing the Dead
A travel-through-history memoir of a partially southernized Yankee's journey through the Deep South, Wandering Dixie explores the lost Jewish communities of the South--including Jewish Confederates, Jewish slaveowners--and uses those experiences as the fulcrum around which to examine southern culture, race, and American history.
Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal
"Eisenfeld writes about Shenandoah the way Annie Proulx writes about Wyoming or Edward Abbey about the deserts of the Southwest: pristine, unsentimental, eloquent prose." -Kirkus Reviews
“Shenandoah is a beautifully written portrait of a history-haunted landscape: wistful, wild, and enchanting, like the best of autumn hikes through Shenandoah National Park."
- Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic
Finalist for the 2015 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian books.
In this first-person travel journey through the lost communities of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Viriginia, Eisenfeld tells the story of her on-the-ground discovery of the relics and memories a few thousand mountain residents left behind when the government used eminent domain to kick them off their land to create Shenandoah National Park.